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VVNG FILE PHOTO (Joseph B. Campbell CourtHouse)
VVNG FILE PHOTO (Joseph B. Campbell CourtHouse)

Man Who Terrorized Hesperia Pedestrians Sentenced and Released

HESPERIA-( After less than 90 days time served, a 30-year-old Los Angeles man who terrorized pedestrians as he caused mayhem in the city of Hesperia, is a free man.

The events for that April 28, 2015 afternoon to those who witnessed seems surreal, almost like those of a horror movie as Reginald Peralta ran down the street yelling and cursing at people in his path. During that time, he assaulted the young man on a skateboard then continued to kick the victim’s dog several times.  The victim, attempting to defend himself using his skateboard to hit Peralta injuring his head.

Peralta continued on eventually chasing a group of three women with a small child into the Hesperia city hall building.  The then bloodied assailant continued chasing the victims through several doors leaving blood in his path.

The city workers attempted to assist the women in getting away from Peralta, but were unsuccessful with him eventually being able to corner them. The women stood face-to-face with Peralta, with a 2 ½ year old child being held by her grandmother.  He attempted to hit the grandmother and take the child at one point, but the other two women hit him with nearby chairs to protect them. The women were able to get away while two city employees restrained the irate man holding him onto the ground until deputies arrived.

Reginald Peralta, was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center on April 28th at about 1:55 p.m. He was booked on charges that included, four counts of battery, one count of attempted kidnapping, one count of animal cruelty and one count of criminal threats.

Peralta on Friday, July 17th during a trial readiness conference changed his not guilty plea as part of a  plea bargain, pleading guilty only to one felony charge of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.  The plea agreement dropped all other charges. Peralta was sentenced to 180 days in a San Bernardino County Jail and 3 years of formal probation. Peralta was released just after 9:00 p.m. on July 17th with credit for time served, which included conduct credit.



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